Biblical monument near NU planned |

Biblical monument near NU planned

A Nevada City church is planning a Saturday breakfast to raise money for a monument displaying the Ten Commandments on church grounds, directly across from Nevada Union High School.

The Truth Worship Center, a Pentecostal congregation, is planning to construct a 5-foot-tall granite representation of the Old Testament guidelines that church members hope to dedicate Easter Sunday.

The monument will be behind a chain-link fence on the church’s Ridge Road property, across from the school’s Don Baggett Theatre.

The church, which counts several dozen members, has already begun raising funds for the $6,000 edifice.

Church member Shirley Hendrickson said the structure promises to be eye-catching.

“I think it will be a wonderful thing for the whole community, for the church and everyone who sees it,” she said.

Church Pastor Richard Atkins and member Norma Brown, who suggested the construction of the monument, were not available for comment Thursday.

Hendrickson said she hoped the church’s Ten Commandments monument would spur a spiritual spark, not a controversial one like last summer’s firestorm over a Ten Commandments statue in the Montgomery, Ala., Judicial Building that was ordered removed over the objections of Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.

“The issue should never be raised that this is contrary to First Amendment rights,” Hendrickson said. “Can you imagine if every child could see this and understand this, there wouldn’t be any drug problems or crimes … it would be a knowledge that there is a deeper meaning.”

Students at Nevada Union High School had mixed opinions when told about the plans for the stone Friday. Many said the church is free to express its opinion, especially when the stone will be on private property, though students on their way to and from the campus will be able to see it.

“It’s a church, so they should be allowed to do it,” said junior Brice Robinson, 16. “I’m not a Christian, but it’s their First Amendment right to practice their religion.”

Robinson’s father, arriving to pick up his son Friday afternoon, agreed.

“It seems appropriate to me,” Scott Robinson said. Religious expression, he said, “is one of our tenets of freedom.”

Tawny Gordon, 14, said people don’t have to be offended.

“If people don’t want to look at it, they don’t have to. You can’t make everyone happy.”

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